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Prof Ysanne Holt

Research and Innovation Lead, Dept of Arts

Department: Arts

Ysanne Holt , Art History , Northumbria University , Newcastle.In both of these contexts she has led the development of multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional academic research networks as well as collaborative projects with national museums such as Tate Britain. She has a strong interest in the social and historical relations between forms of cultural production, and in this spirit was founding editor of the Routledge journal Visual Culture in Britain, now in its fifteenth volume. Her most recent preoccupations are with the experience and representations of the UK north, in particular with the shifting historical and present-day identities of marginal or ‘at edge’ sites such as borders and island locations. She is currently writing a book on art and visual culture in the 1920s and editing an anthology of essays on subjects relating to visual culture and the northern British archipelago.

At Northumbria I teach art history and visual theories to undergraduate Fine Art students and contribute to the MRes Arts programme.  I am a Research Lead in the Dept of Arts and lead the Visual and Material Culture research group.

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History of Art MA (Hons) January 01 1994

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research interests are in the field of British art of the first half of the twentieth century, in cultures of landscape and ruralism, as well as artists’ relations with collectors and with the wider art market, its networks and surrounding critical discourses. I am currently writing a monograph on visual and material culture in the 1920s. My focus has extended recently too to examine the processes and practices associated with specific past and contemporary northern landscapes and environments and I am developing a series of interdisciplinary and collaborative events and publications on the theme of ‘Northern Peripheries’.

I am currently principal supervisor for 3 PhDs on subjects relating to visual culture and walking, and to arts participation, sustainability and social change.

Current/Recent Projects

AHRC Research Network, ‘Northern Peripheries’, 2013-15, P.I
Getty Foundation funding as Academic Advisor role, Camden Town Group in Context Tate Britain, 2009-12

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Borderlands: Visual and Material Culture in the Interwar Anglo-Scottish Borders, Holt, Y. Oct 2018, Rural Modernity in Britain: A Critical Intervention, Edinburgh University Press
  • Islandness and Visual Culture between the Wars, Holt, Y. May 2018, Visual Culture in the Northern British Archipelago: Imagining Islands, Taylor & Francis
  • Visual Culture in the Northern British Archipelago: Imagining Islands, Holt, Y., Martin-Jones, D., Jones, O. May 2018
  • The centenary celebrations of Grace Darling and the Longstone Lighthouse, Holt, Y. 24 Apr 2018, From the Lighthouse, Taylor & Francis
  • The Centenary Celebration of Grace Darling and the Longstone Lighthouse, Holt, Y. 2018, From the Lighthouse: Interdisciplinary Reflections on Light, Taylor & Francis
  • The Case of F.C.B Cadell: Periodisation, Taste and Professional Identity, Holt, Y. 28 Nov 2017, Edwardian Culture: Beyond the Garden Party, Abingdon, Taylor & Francis
  • Performing the Anglo-Scottish Border: Cultural Landscapes, Heritage and Borderland Identities, Holt, Y. 7 Apr 2017, In: Journal of Borderland Studies
  • Wet Paint: Visual Culture in a Changing Britain – A Round Table Debate, Richardson, C., Leith, M., Holt, Y., Corbett, D., Turner, S., Harris, J., Anderson, D., Myrone, M., Arnold, D. 4 Feb 2015, In: Visual Culture in Britain
  • A hut on Holy Island: reframing northern landscape, Holt, Y. 4 Oct 2013, In: Visual Studies
  • Northern peripheries, Holt, Y., McClanahan, A. 4 Oct 2013, In: Visual Studies


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